State Superintendent visits WNC schools

North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Schools, Catherine Truitt, ended a tour of Western North Carolina Schools today, April 16,…
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Candidates announced for tribal elections

With less than two months to go before the Primary Election Thursday, June 4, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians…
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Commissioners discuss changes to Sylva statue

Eight months after voting to revamp the pedestal of the county’s controversial Civil War monument, Jackson County commissioners got their…
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Pisgah Legal Offers Free Tax Services

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the…
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Steele pleads guilty to drug charges

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Franklin man will spend 70 to 96 months in prison for his role…
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Organization Builds on its Veteran Programs

FRANKLIN – For the first time in its five-year history, the national veteran and Gold Star organization Special Liberty Project, which…
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Swain hospital earns blue ribbon

Staff caring for patients at Swain Community Hospital have won the Blue-Ribbon Award presented to departments receiving the highest scores…
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Former SCC Trustee receives state’s honor

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the highest award the state of North Carolina can bestow upon an…
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Prosperity brings expansion, incentives for Haywood businesses

Things are going so well at two of Haywood County’s best-known industrial employers that they’re both hiring and expanding, making…
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Increased benefits for pregnant women focus of Sen. Corbin bill

When Republican Sen. Kevin Corbin, R-Franklin, announced  during a March 25 listening session at Southwestern Community College that he intended…
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Sylva ponders tax increase

Sales tax receipts are booming in Sylva and a newly completed property revaluation will bump real estate values by about…
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What is the deal with COVID vaccines? Dr. Jernigan addresses SMN readers’ concerns

The COVID-19 vaccination rollout is in full swing, and while many people rushed to get their shot at the first…
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Signups slow for vaccine appointments

After months of working breakneck speed to clear an ever-expanding backlog of people waiting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, local…
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Concerns go unanswered during HCA monitor meeting

The public had a lot of questions during an April 7 virtual meeting regarding Mission Health’s services and operations since…
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Western Republicans elect new congressional district chair

As North Carolina Republicans seek to maintain dominance across the state and in the 11th Congressional District, they’ll do so…
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Cherokee considers decriminalizing marijuana

Tribal Council voted unanimously April 1 to table an ordinance aiming to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. However, discussion preceding…
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An ounce of prevention: Stopping emergencies before they start

For every 116,732 people visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one experiences an emergency and calls the park’s Search…
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Jackson County pauses J&J vaccine distribution

The Jackson County Department of Public Health will pause its use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following…
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Cawthorn’s first Republican challenger appears

There’s been lots of speculation since very early in Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s tenure in Congress that he’d face a Republican…
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Canton town manager suspended

Effective immediately Canton Town Manager Jason Burrell has been suspended indefinitely without pay pending further board action, Mayor Zeb Smathers…
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Haywood reports 95th COVID-19 death

Haywood County Health and Human Services have received notice of another COVID-19 death, bringing the total number now to 95.
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Loftis pleads guilty to sexual assault

A Franklin man admitted in Macon County Superior Court to forcing his way into a woman’s house and sexually assaulting…
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Franklin man pleads guilty to child abuse

District Attorney Ashley Hornsby Welch said a Franklin man admitted this week in court to sexually abusing a child. He…
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The facts on the vax: Survey shows widespread support for COVID-19 vaccination

More than 80 percent of Smoky Mountain News readers have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,…
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COVID-19 vaccine means getting back to ‘normal’

People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things they had stopped doing because of the pandemic,…
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‘I don’t feel like it’s safe’: For many, concerns about long-term impacts drive vaccine hesitancy

When the pandemic first hit, Waynesville resident Sammie Conner was so scared of contracting COVID-19 that she wouldn’t even go…
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Vaccine hesitancy could impact employers, employees

The last time Americans lived through a global pandemic, the field of employment law wasn’t nearly as developed as it…
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Man pleads guilty in Haywood
 

Man pleads guilty in Haywood

A Buncombe County man pleaded guilty April 6 to two counts of first-degree statutory sexual offense and four counts of…
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Sylva denies one apartment application, approves another

Despite gusting winds and a temperature of 42 degrees at the time the three-hour meeting began — it was 37…
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Lunsford pleads no contest to one count of animal cruelty
 

Lunsford pleads no contest to one count of animal cruelty

More than 16 months after animal cruelty allegations were filed against Haywood resident James Lunsford, justice has finally been served. 
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Lottery-funded renovation coming to former Central Elementary
 

Lottery-funded renovation coming to former Central Elementary

Students enrolled in Haywood County Schools’ exceptional children’s program will soon have a new home at no taxpayer expense. 
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Swank named Macon Matriarch

By Theresa Ramsey • Guest writer | The Women’s History Trail project of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County…
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A woman with vision: Barbara McRae leaves her mark on Macon County

Barbara McRae loved history — learning about it, sharing it with others and making it herself.  The long-time community organizer lost…
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Kings Mountain gaming to start this summer

A federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to allow the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation  to build a…
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WCU clinic to provide its 10,000th vaccine

Western Carolina University’s regional COVID-19 vaccine clinic will deliver its 10,000th vaccine to a student around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April…
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Fire at Canton mill contained

A potentially dangerous situation at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton earlier today is under control.
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First responders monitoring situation at Canton mill

Emergency services workers from several jurisdictions were responding this morning to reports of a fire at Evergreen Packaging’s Canton papermill.
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Haywood County COVID-19 update
 

Haywood County COVID-19 update

“To date, over 18,000 people in Haywood County are at least partially vaccinated. Mass vaccination efforts have been running smoothly,…
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CDC Extends Moratorium on Renter Evictions to June 30
 

CDC Extends Moratorium on Renter Evictions to June 30

Just as it was about to expire at the end of March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
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Dillsboro break-ins prompt caution for Jackson County businesses

Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton is urging local businesses to secure their buildings after multiple Dillsboro restaurants were broken into…
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Latino vaccine clinic to take place April 4
 

Latino vaccine clinic to take place April 4

The International Friendship Center, the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers and Vecinos have hosted six weekly Latino COVID-19 vaccine clinics…
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Long overdue regulation bans rebel flag in Haywood County Schools

J.D. Moore started his first year at Tuscola in 1999. He was an athlete, played football and basketball. He learned…
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Sen. Corbin again leads health care push

With the support of a bi-partisan panel including commissioners from Macon and Graham counties as well as the head of…
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Reps. Clampitt, Pless make big ask for mental health

Filed in the General Assembly on March 15, House Bill 280  contains only 112 words, but if it gains legislative…
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Room tax increases proposed for Haywood, Bryson City

Western North Carolina Republicans have introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would result in substantial changes to the…
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New tax values, fire protection costs drive rate discussion

With the 2021 property revaluation now complete, Jackson County’s taxable value will rise nearly 20 percent over the value established…
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DWA leader announces retirement
 

DWA leader announces retirement

Downtown Waynesville Association Executive Director Buffy Phillips has apparently told members of the DWA executive board that she plans to…
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Tribe approves $35 million for Sevier County project

Tribal Council voted 11-1 this month to allocate an additional $35 million toward a Kituwah LLC development project along Interstate…
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Tribe approves allocation plan for commercial gaming profits

By unanimous vote, Tribal Council approved an allocation plan for future revenues from the Southern Indiana Casino during its monthly…
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